Tetra Pak Highlights Sustainability Achievements Using GRI

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Tetra Pak has published its 2017 Sustainability Report, highlighting the company’s key achievements in the areas of ESG. What is special about this year’s report is that for the first time since it started publishing a sustainability report (in 2004), the company has adopted Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) guidelines.

The GRI is an international independent organization that helps businesses, organizations and governments understand and communicate their impacts on sustainable development. It encourages organizations to set targets around improving their performance relating to specific categories, aspects and indicators so that these can be measured and re-assessed regularly.

According to Chris Huntley, the chair of Tetra Pak’s Sustainability Forum, the GRI framework provides a mechanism for the company to report our progress on sustainability against an industry-wide standard, improving both the clarity and transparency of its annual reports.

Some of the important achievements of Tetra Pak in the ESG areas include:

Protecting Food

Tetra Pak’s processing and packaging solutions enable food and drink to be distributed and stored without refrigeration or preservatives. The company’s Food for Development initiative helps drive the development of the dairy and food value chain worldwide. School feeding programs improve health and stimulate development. The company’s Deeper in the Pyramid offering is making healthy food accessible to low-income households.

Protecting People

Tetra Pak employs a diverse workforce, and strives to keep all colleagues free from harm. Its Code of Business Conduct sets mandatory requirements on human rights and labor, environment and anti-corruption, complies with applicable legislation and encourages suppliers’ own sustainability initiatives.

Protecting Futures

Tetra Pak seeks to minimize water usage in its operations and reduce the water consumption of the equipment it develops, sells and operates at our customers’ sites. The company’s Environmental Benchmarking Services help customers increase efficiency and reduce their own consumption. Tetra Pak has joined RE100 and the Business Renewables Center, committing itself to sourcing 100 percent of its electricity from renewable sources by 2030.

Supporting Communities

Tetra Pak offers its partners practical support in implementing and evaluating school feeding programs, while also advising on food safety, quality and the importance of fortified and nutritious beverages for children. The company’s established Dairy Hub model is helping create sustainable value chains by building the capacity of smallholder farmers.

Tetra Pak is working with the World Wide Fund for Nature to establish local forest owners’ associations and strengthen the competences of smallholders to create sustainable, profitable businesses. In 2016, the company helped its recycling partner in Kenya to set up the first Information and Communications Technology Centre in Kibera, Nairobi’s largest slum neighborhood.

Source: 3BL Media